MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn fine bock!! Very sweet malty body with a beautiful color. Ayinger has done it again
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2003 An absolutely delicious and oddly unusual beer! This may well be the best damn Ayinger beer I've had yet. Gorgeous looking and surprisingly sweet. I MUST have this again.
RERATE: Sweetness hides the alcohol content extremely well. Once again, stellar! Thanks Hopsrus.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the way maibock should be, golden color nice thick head sweet malty flavor and aroma.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
crisp and strong. lighter color, but thicker/maltier tatsting than i expected
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Astonishing. Incredibly gorgeous to look at, with a wonderful solid-gold medium body and rich-looking cream-colored head. The aroma is incredible, I can’t begin to describe it, full of malt and acidic fruit flavors; and the flavor is almost too much on top of that. Ultra-malty, as malty as the Optimator I had yesterday, but with just a bit of lightness and fruitiness to keep it from being too heavy; and alcohol is nowhere present. Perhaps too quick a finish, but a world-class beer from a world-class brewere nonetheless.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good aroma but not a multi-dimensional taste. Frankly, it just sits there. All right, but there are better light bocks out there.
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter and fruity with a long finish. Refreshing.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the toffee/caramel notes in the flavor. A solid bock.
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As pale bocks go, this is wonderful. Malt is VERY strong in both aroma and flavor, and ever so slightly sweet. Nice honey color. My appreciation for Ayinger’s offerings continues to grow; their weissbiers are possibly my favorites in that style (even after visiting Mu:nchen and trying quite a few), and who can deny the quality of their Celebrator doppelbock? The Maibock is a winner as well...it’s hard to imagine it being much better than this, at least for what I look for in pale bocks (bearing in mind that I am partial to ales, not lagers). Note: my numeric ratings are compared ONLY to other pale bocks.
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2001
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20